Archdeacon ‘shocked and saddened’ by Skegness theft

St Clements Churchyard in Skegness. ANL-160908-093443001
St Clements Churchyard in Skegness. ANL-160908-093443001

The Archdeacon of Lincoln has expressed his shock a thief used part of a headstone from a Skegness graveyard to commit theft,

In an incident yesterday, outside St Clements Churchyard, the stone was used to smash the window of a parked car and steal a bag.

To use the memorial to a departed person to commit a crime against a living one adds insult to injury in both respects

Archdeacon of Lincoln, The Venerable Gavin Kirk

The Venerable Gavin Kirk, said: “I was shocked and saddened to learn that St Clement’s graveyard has been desecrated in this way.

“To use the memorial to a departed person to commit a crime against a living one adds insult to injury in both respects.

“The church works hard to support people have been bereaved, and such action is offensive and disrespectful.

“The church also works hard to support people in difficulty, who might find themselves led to crime, and will always seek justice and rehabilitation to help people to achieve a fulfilling, responsible and purposeful life.

“We shall pray for all involved in this appalling business.”

In a Lincolnshire Police alert, PCSO David Bunker said: “An unknown offender has forced entry to a motor vehicle parked in St Clement’s Churchyard, Skegness, by throwing part of a headstone through the window of the vehicle. The offender has then stolen a bag from the vehicle and made off in an unknown direction.”

According to PCSO Bunker, this was the second incident of its kind in the past few weeks.

Anyone with information can call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 192 of August 8.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.